This Saturday, June 2, 2012 is National Trails Day, and there are plenty of opportunities to spend your weekend outdoors in Columbia. Join us in celebrating by hiking, biking, and exploring trails throughout the Columbia region, including South Carolina's only national park.

Here is a list of events celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday and some surrounding events throughout the weekend:

Saturday, there will be activities throughout the day celebrating National Trails Day at Congaree National Park. Beginning at 8:30 am, there will be a guided Wildflower & Botany Hike. Registration for this hike is required; call (803) 776-4396 to reserve your place. The Nature Discovery Hike will begin at 9:30 am, and no registration is required. There will also be two 'Leave No Trace' demonstrations during the day - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Stay through dusk at Congaree for a chance to see the Photinus Carolinus - or, a species of fireflies that blink in synchronization. Synchronized fireflies are rare and have only been recorded in a few locations in the US, and it only occurs during a 2 week period between May and June. Park rangers suggest the elevated boardwalk as the best place to spot the fireflies! Read more about the fireflies in this week's article in The State.

Other Events: On June 3 at 1:30 pm, Rudy Mancke, South Carolina naturalist, will lead a guided walk through the park. Reservations required, call (803) 776-4396.    

Harbison State Forestwill host a National Trails Day Celebration from 9:00 am ' 12:00 pm, including activities for the entire family. There will be trail runs and guided hikes for adventurers of all skill levels. A nine-mile bike ride, for more experienced mountain bikers, will begin at 10:00 am and will be a 'no-drop' moderate pace ride. Daily parking fee for Harbison is $5, call (803) 466-5360 for more details. 

From 10:00 am ' 11:30 pm, Sesquicentennial State Park is offering a 2-mile guided nature hike through the park. Registration is required call (803) 788-2706 or e-mail to register.

Other events: On June 1, there will be a Nature at Night guided tour. Registration is required call (803) 788-2706 or e-mail to register.
More trails throughout the region:
The Palmetto Trail
Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

Looking to make a camping trip of your weekend? View camping options on our website and find more things to do while in Columbia.